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  • Combat the winter doldrums

    photo by synaptic happenings The winter months can drag on. Holidays and utilities increase your expenses. Add that it’s cold and flu season, and it’s not uncommon to get the winter blahs. Before you go stircrazy for...

  • Home alone for the holidays

    photo by Lisa Sanderson Spending the holidays without family can be lonely. Festivities tend to focus on families being together. Maybe you’re alone for the holidays or are divorced and divide time with your ex-spouse. If you...

  • Black & Decker Energy Saver Series contest giveaway

    This contest is now closed. Black & Decker has generously sponsored this Energy Saver Series contest giveaway.

  • Contest giveaway: How To Survive (and perhaps thrive) On A Teacher’s Salary book

    Danny Kofke has sponsored a copy of his book titled How To Survive (and perhaps thrive) On A Teacher's Salary for this contest giveaway. This contest is now closed.

  • PetSmart Contest winner

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  • Crowd-pleasing casseroles

    photo by chispita666 Cooking a one-dish meal is the perfect way to escape the kitchen quickly. Clean up is a snap. The following recipes are made from simple ingredients. And with little prep work, you can fix...

  • Trade in books for credit

    photo by austinevan Whether it’s diluting dish soap to get the last drops or using free samples, use up items you have on hand before purchasing something new. This is a way of life in our household....

  • Chicken Adobo: Sweet and savory budget meal

    photo by dbgg1979 Chicken Adobo is one of my favorite ways to make chicken. It’s tender, sweet and savory and a great way to use those cheaper dark cuts of chicken, but you can also use boneless,...

  • Create a registry for money gifts

    photo by foldsomething DEAR SARA: Is there an online fund-type account for a baby shower? I am a single woman who is adopting, and I’ve been using Freecycle like crazy, so I have a lot of stuff...

  • Use clamp hangers for more than pants

    photo by goldberg Pants hangers have multiple uses in your home. You can use them to clip a printed recipe to keep it off the kitchen counter when preparing it. Simply hang it from the cabinet handle....

  • Cut back on products you don’t need

    photo by cherryfluff As a society, we’re fortunate — so much so that we’ve become gluttonous. Wants and needs have become blurred. We’ve become conditioned to believe we need many things. Some people might even think chocolate...

  • Safeguard your purse when shopping

    photo by Le petit poulailler With the holidays approaching, there are a lot of people carrying cash and valuables when out shopping. Often, people are dressed up, in a hurry and not paying attention. This offers increased...